Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) affects everyoneFebruary 28, 2019
Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) affects everyone
What is Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR)?
UVR effects everyone, it comes from the sun as well as artificial lighting such as welding or specialised lights used in hospitals and laboratories.
It’s not just related to how hot it is, you can still get burnt on cool or cloudy days.
UVR levels are high enough to damage unprotected skin which can result in skin cancer (UV levels of 3 and above). Cancer Council research says that skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers*
You can be affected by UVR even if you are in a car or home.
There are many different types of glass. Each provides very different levels of sun protection, for example:
How to protect yourself against UVR
Some tips for protecting yourself include:
Where can I find more information?
BOM weather app
- Use the free BOM weather app to check the weather forecast and UVR levels.
- Use the free SunSmart app to find out when you should use sun protection and to check UVR levels.
- Visit the website or contact WorkSafe’s Advisory Service on 1800 136 089.